Learning and Development Specialist (Early Years)

Kiddi Caru in Basingstoke




Hours per week


Our Support Office in Basingstoke is currently looking for a Learning & Development Specialist (Early Years) to join our team.The Early Years Specialist supports nurseries to develop Early Years practice, train and upskill the nursery staff teams to deliver exceptional care, education and learning outcomes for children and families across an assigned group of nurseries. We trust you to help us remain compliant, safe and to achieve Outstanding regulatory outcomes.

Our mission is to inspire children to grow happy, smart, and healthy and thrive as individuals. Excellent quality childcare and education is evident when the children and family are truly placed at the centre of all we do and as a well-known and sought-after employer within the childcare sector, we recognise it is our people that provide exceptional education and care with every child and family at the centre of all they do.

Learning and Development Specialist (Early Years)


  • Monitor Health, Safety and Safeguarding compliance in relation to the EYFS Welfare Requirements and company policies and procedures.
  • Monitor supporting arrangements for children with additional needs at nursery level.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to Nursery Managers and their teams to help them achieve outstanding outcomes for children and families.
  • Work directly with nurseries to ensure they are ready for inspection.
  • Attend Ofsted inspections, supporting nurseries to maintain/gain an OUTSTANDING judgement.
  • Respond to escalated parent queries and concerns regarding childcare practice working in partnership with the Parent Partnership Manager and Regional Manager
  • Assess the capability and expertise of the individual staff in their nurseries to support their individual development needs.
  • Using these assessments, create your monthly training plan to ensure relevant training is delivered across each nursery.
  • Deliver accredited and non-accredited be-spoke training programmes to our employees to improve their knowledge and skills.
  • Measure and report on the impact of the training, coaching and mentoring each team has accessed.
  • Keep accurate records including monitoring of compliance training and report on any trends across your assigned nurseries.
  • Attend internal Train the Trainer sessions delivered by the Head of Professional Development as required and be accountable for knowing the full breadth of training that you are responsible for delivering to others.
  • Keep up to date with current approaches to Early Years Education


Essential Qualification:

  • Minimum of a full and relevant Level 3 Early Years and Childcare

Desirable Qualifications

  • Degree in Early Childhood Studies, EYT or EYP
  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET)
  • Coaching and Mentoring Qualification

Essential Skills

  • Outstanding Pedagogical experience
  • At least 2 years’ experience within the Early Years sector
  • Inspection experience and Ofsted inspection framework subject matter expert
  • Excellent knowledge of how young children learn.
  • Experience of delivering training programmes
  • Experience and ability to coach others.
  • Strong motivational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Coaching and mentoring skills

Essential Attributes

  • Influential
  • Inspiring
  • Problem Solving
  • Remains calm under pressure
  • Takes initiative
  • Collaborative
  • Sound judgement


Grandir UK is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and an enhanced DBS check will be required for this role. We are an equal opportunity employer and select staff on merit, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or belief.



  • Employee benefits portal, which includes discounts at 100’s of online high street stores
  • Staff referral scheme – recommend your friends and family to work for us. and be rewarded with a cash bonus
  • Heavily discounted childcare


  • ‘Wellbeing Day’ – an extra day off just for you
  • 24/7 remote GP appointments with prescriptions delivered to your home
  • Healthcare cash back plan – claim cash back on medical procedures such as dental care and physiotherapy


  • ‘May I Say Thank You’ A whole month dedicated to recognising employees hard work & dedication, including an all-expenses paid awards ceremony
  • Reward and recognition points – turn your points into cash through our benefits portal
  • Additional paid holiday for Christmas closure to spend with your family and friends

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